Eating and the relationship to quality of life
Assuming all the new science is on target, eating the correct foods can create longer life with a healthier outcome. So, what are some of the foods that add to longevity? It’s been answered many ways and, very differently, depending on who is making the claim. It’s not always easy to know. Humorously, a PhD professor, Cheryl Rock at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine said this, “You can live a long, healthy life and never eat a leaf of kale.” Yup, you read that right!
Overall, a heart-healthy diet can help you control your weight. This is critical because over one third of people age 65 and older are obese. In summary, here’s a list of foods that have long been fairly well agreed upon for supporting good health:
- Fruits and vegetables
- Whole grains
- Nuts and beans
- Low-fat dairy products
- Skinless poultry and fish
- Vegetable oils (olive, corn, peanut, and safflower oils)
Salmon, trout and herring, are high in omega-3 fatty acids. That helps lower your risk of heart disease and often helps with high blood pressure. Regarding beverages: Stick to water, coffee, and wine. Many of the oldest people on earth stick with them: Lots of water daily, coffee in the morning and a glass of wine with dinner seems to be the favorite combination.
Many new diets and fads come and go however, intermittent fasting is a long-proven winner. Eat a hearty breakfast, keep lunch light, and dinner sparingly. Basically, you are eating all your calories within a 16-hour framework allowing your digestive system to rest—no eating into the night. Typically, you would eat at 11:00am and stop at 7:00pm.
It’s all about what goes on the plate and what doesn’t
There are several aspects to longevity, but genetics has little to do with it. I know, I know, I was surprised to learn that as well. It does have a lot to do with your lifestyle, your associations, your sense of purpose, your sense of belonging, and your diet.
Dr. Joel Fuhrman is one of the health leaders whose research indicates that there are 6 primary cancer fighting foods that he refers to as G-BOMBS. It’s a great acronym to get you to remember to eat them daily. They include:
- Mushrooms (cooked)
So, put less concern in your genes and do some simple research on the foods that will best improve your quality of life.
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